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Friday, October 12, 2018

OFW in Oman Chooses Lover Over 4 Kids?



A mother of an Overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Oman pleads for help after her daughter stops sending remittances to her four children, instead,  her hard-earned money abroad, goes to her boyfriend.   According to Marlyn Lazo in one episode of Raffy Tulfo In Action, her OFW daughter Irene, rarely sends money to her four kids, instead gives all her earnings abroad to her boyfriend. The mother Marlyn said, she even incurred debt due to the expenses for her daughter's deployment to Oman in last year. She added the debt are still unpaid up to now and she is being pressured by her debtors to pay. According to Marlinda, Irene's sister that she only send them money once from then. On the other hand, OFW Irene explained that she stop sending remittances to her family after her boyfriend suffers bullying from them. She even gave them an ultimatum to stop but it did not happen, that is why she chooses to send his money to the guy.  “Nung time po na magpapadala ako sa kanila, binully po ng binully yung lalaki eh wala naman pong ginagawa sa kanila. Marami po silang sinasabi sa akin kaya nasaktan ako, hindi na ako nagpadala ng pera sa kanila,”   Irene added that although she is no longer sending remittances to her children, the kids are being supported by her former husband on a weekly basis. When asked if she is willing to send monthly remittances to her family, Irene said, she cannot promise because she already has her own life now.  Eventually, Irene agreed to send her family a portion of her salary after being reminded of the reason why she decided to become an OFW in the very first place.
A mother of an Overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Oman pleads for help after her daughter stops sending remittances to her four children, instead,  her hard-earned money abroad, goes to her boyfriend. 
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 According to Marlyn Lazo in one episode of Raffy Tulfo In Action, her OFW daughter Irene, rarely sends money to her four kids, instead gives all her earnings abroad to her boyfriend. The mother Marlyn said, she even incurred debt due to the expenses for her daughter's deployment to Oman in last year.

Read: 9 Laws in UAE You Might Accidentally Violate That'll Cost You a Fine, Jail Term or Deportation

She added the debt are still unpaid up to now and she is being pressured by her debtors to pay. According to Marlinda, Irene's sister that she only send them money once from then.
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On the other hand, OFW Irene explained that she stop sending remittances to her family after her boyfriend suffers bullying from them. She even gave them an ultimatum to stop but it did not happen, that is why she chooses to send his money to the guy.



“Nung time po na magpapadala ako sa kanila, binully po ng binully yung lalaki eh wala naman pong ginagawa sa kanila. Marami po silang sinasabi sa akin kaya nasaktan ako, hindi na ako nagpadala ng pera sa kanila,” 

Irene added that although she is no longer sending remittances to her children, the kids are being supported by her former husband on a weekly basis. When asked if she is willing to send monthly remittances to her family, Irene said, she cannot promise because she already has her own life now.

Read: DFA Advisory: 6 Things to Keep in Mind While Travelling Abroad

Eventually, Irene agreed to send her family a portion of her salary after being reminded of the reason why she decided to become an OFW in the very first place.

This article is filed under Filipino workers, Filipina maids, remittances, debt, and earnings.

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Whether you are a tourist or overseas Filipino workers (OFW), these reminders from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) are applicable to you one way or another when traveling abroad or visiting other countries.  Filipinos love to see new places. No doubt that many of us love to travel and dream to work in other countries as well. But being a tourist or a foreigner does not give you a guarantee that you will be safe from any crimes. Sometimes in other countries, foreigners and tourist are the targets of petty crimes that we can avoid if we are on-guard of ourselves.   According to the DFA, regardless of where you are, you should watch out for the following; thieves pickpockets snatchers scammers other petty criminals Aside from this, DFA reminded Filipinos of the following things to keep in mind while traveling in other countries. These things may help you avoid any inconveniences on your travel.   Be mindful of and respect local laws and regulations; Always keep alert in crowded areas such as popular tourist spots, airports, bus, train and metro stations, markets and shopping areas, large sports and concert venues, and onboard public transportation, among others, where petty criminals tend to congregate;  Be wary of con artists who use a variety of tactics to distract tourists while accomplices gain access to one’s personal items;  Be careful of your belongings. Never leave items that may easily be picked up, such as wallets, mobile phones, and cameras, unattended. Always keep these close to you, especially in crowded areas;  As much as possible, distribute your cash, credit cards, important documents, and other valuables in separate compartments in your bag; and  Keep both hard and electronic copies of your passport, IDs, credit cards and important documents handy while on travel.  The DFA said Filipinos whose passports get lost or stolen should immediately secure a Police Report and contact the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate for assistance.  In a case that you lost your passport in other countries, the DFA said that the Philippine embassy or consulate can help Filipinos by issuing a travel document that will allow them to travel back to the Philippines. But obtaining a replacement for a lost or stolen passport in other countries needs more requirements and much harder compared to applying for a regular passport.

It said that ignorance of the law excuses no one. This is not only applicable here in the Philippines but also in other countries where stricter implementation of the law is enforced like in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where many Filipinos resides or work as overseas workers.  So if you are an OFW in UAE, you should watch out with these nine simple laws that you might accidentally break and make you land into a difficult situation, get fined or prison.   1. Jaywalking  In Abu Dhabi alone, Some 50, 595 pedestrians were ticketed for crossing roads illegally last year. The Traffic and Patrol Directorate advised pedestrians to use underpasses, bridges and zebra lines to cross the roads and urge motorist to slow down and give them the right of way. This traffic violation will incur you a fine of Dh400.  2. Photography  Taking and publishing pictures of people without their permission is considered illegal in the UAE. It is considered a breach of privacy especially if the affected party files a complaint against you.   Fines for cybercrime in the UAE ranges from Dh150,000 to Dh200,000 along with a jail time.  There is more. The UAE's Ministry of Interior says that snapping photos or videos of traffic accidents and posting them online is a violation of the law. It is also illegal to post images or videos of aviation accidents. Anyone who found guilty of this may face life imprisonment and/or a fine of Dh50,000 to Dh3 million, as well as deportation.  3. Texting in foul language  Watch your mouth especially if you are in UAE. Don't you know that you cannot just drop the F-bomb in public? Yes, because this is a criminal offense. Aside from this, it is also against the law to use abusive language in text or chat such as 'middle finger' emoji.  Under the UAE’s cybercrime laws, anyone convicted faces a fine of up to Dhs500,000, a prison sentence, and deportation. Article 20 states that slander, using abusive language, or insulting another person or entity using a computer network or any information technology means is a punishable crime.   4. Flashing your middle finger  Flashing your middle finger in UAE is offensive and will get you deported. This hand gesture is a violation of dignity and honor under the UAE Penal Code. According to the Federal Penal Law, deportation has been compulsory against those found guilty of flashing their middle finger in public for several years now.  5. Dirty cars and washing your car in public  Your unkempt and dirty vehicle may cost you Dh500 fines. Authorities have warned the public not to leave their cars unwashed for a long time. It said that this is uncivilized behavior that can tarnish the aesthetic appearance of the city. Aside from this don't you know that washing your car in public parking space or in front of buildings in UAE is illegal? Also, there is a regulation that bans washing a car in residential areas.    "This violation affects the environment as the dirty water breeds diseases and fouls the area. It also sullies the aesthetic look of the city and makes the place messy,"  Car owners who pay illegal car washers on public streets or residential areas will be fined Dh 250 while illegal car washers will be fined Dh500.  6. Littering, Spitting, and Burning Waste  Anyone who caught littering while walking or throwing out garbage from a vehicle may cost a fine of Dh500.  This includes throwing your cigarette buts on the road, in the streets or in the park. In 2017, in Dubai alone, 1,800 people are fined for littering in public places while 500 residents were also fined for spitting on public roads. On the other hand, you may be fined of Dh100 for disposing of waste by burning it in an unauthorized manner.  7. A Bounced Cheque  Under UAE Law, the criminal court may convict the person who issues a check that bounced if the receiver files a complaint in the police station. The conviction will be based on evidence provided by the complainant. The criminal court may give the issuer of the cheque a two option either he will pay the money or go to jail.  8. Fund Raising Activity  Before you solicit money for a cause or charity, make sure you have a permit to do so. Organizations are required to seek authorization for activities and register the personal details of volunteers. Under the law, it is illegal to conduct volunteering and fundraising activities without authorization.  9. Sharing Secrets  Article 379 of the UAE Penal Code states that punishment by detention for a period of not less than one year and by a fine of not less than Dh20,000, or either of these two penalties, shall apply to anyone who is entrusted with a secret by virtue of his profession, trade, position or art and who discloses it in cases other than those lawfully permitted.   Privacy, defamation, and confidentiality are taken very seriously under UAE laws. You are also not allowed to publish information or make false defamatory or accusatory statements that could raise public hatred or contempt against an individual or enterprise.

A mother of an Overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Oman pleads for help after her daughter stops sending remittances to her four children, instead,  her hard-earned money abroad, goes to her boyfriend.   According to Marlyn Lazo in one episode of Raffy Tulfo In Action, her OFW daughter Irene, rarely sends money to her four kids, instead gives all her earnings abroad to her boyfriend. The mother Marlyn said, she even incurred debt due to the expenses for her daughter's deployment to Oman in last year. She added the debt are still unpaid up to now and she is being pressured by her debtors to pay. According to Marlinda, Irene's sister that she only send them money once from then. On the other hand, OFW Irene explained that she stop sending remittances to her family after her boyfriend suffers bullying from them. She even gave them an ultimatum to stop but it did not happen, that is why she chooses to send his money to the guy.  “Nung time po na magpapadala ako sa kanila, binully po ng binully yung lalaki eh wala naman pong ginagawa sa kanila. Marami po silang sinasabi sa akin kaya nasaktan ako, hindi na ako nagpadala ng pera sa kanila,”   Irene added that although she is no longer sending remittances to her children, the kids are being supported by her former husband on a weekly basis. When asked if she is willing to send monthly remittances to her family, Irene said, she cannot promise because she already has her own life now.  Eventually, Irene agreed to send her family a portion of her salary after being reminded of the reason why she decided to become an OFW in the very first place.

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